The nation’s forests, car parks and essential facilities are open to you for local outdoor recreation and exercise - read our coronavirus guidance.
Power cut planned for 2 December. Car park, trails and toilets will be open. Christmas tree sales centre closed except for collection of pre-ordered trees. Siskins café & Cyclewise closed.
Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Dawn until dusk 7 days a week. The main car park is open 8.30am - 8.30pm.

Whinlatter Visitor Information point is open 10am - 4pm.  Card payments only. No dogs currently allowed in the visitor centre.

Siskins Café is open, for takeaway on weekends between 10am - 4pm.

Go Ape will is closed throughout November.

Cyclewise is open daily 10am - 5pm for sales and workshop repairs only.

Weekdays

Monday
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 4pm
Cafe Closed
Bike Hire 10am - 5pm
Tuesday
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 4pm
Cafe Closed
Bike Hire 10am - 5pm
Wednesday
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 4pm
Cafe Closed
Bike Hire 10am - 5pm
Thursday
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 4pm
Cafe Closed
Bike Hire 10am - 5pm
Friday
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 4pm
Cafe Closed
Bike Hire 10am - 5pm

Weekends

Saturday
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 4pm
Cafe 10am - 4pm
Bike Hire 10am - 5pm
Sunday
Visitor Centre and Forest Shop 10am - 4pm
Cafe 10am - 4pm
Bike Hire 10am - 5pm

How to find us

How to find us
Whinlatter Pass, Keswick
Sat Nav Postcode: CA12 5TW
By Car

From Keswick, take the A66 west towards Cockermouth. At Braithwaite village, turn west onto the B5292 for Lorton. Follow Whinlatter Visitor Centre signposts for approximately 3 miles

 

Or go car-free

By Public Transport

We welcome car-free visitors and offer free admission to those arriving by public transport or bike – plan your journey at Good Journey.

During the summer months there is a bus service between Keswick and Whinlatter which gives you the option of travelling via the beautiful Honister Rambler route, route number 77/77A.

Route dates and times may vary so please check the Stagecoach timetable before you travel.

OS Grid Ref
NY209245

54.609302817099, -3.2285938439344

Parking and prices

The main car park is on a 'Pay on Exit' system.

The are 2 pay stations situated in the main car park and 1 by the Visitor Centre.
The main car park is open 8.30am - 8.30pm

Charges: if you stay for less than 20 minutes, parking is free. Otherwise, the charges below apply.  

The machines take coins (no change given), credit cards or you have up to 48hrs after your visit to pay online at Park with Ease. The machines are being cleaned regularly, but please try and pay online to avoid touching them. Please bring hand sanitiser with you to use after you have touched the machines.

Parking charges apply at all times.

If you arrive car-free there is no charge

Parking Charges

Parking charges
Up to 1 hour £2.20
Each additional 20 minutes £0.45
All day £8.00

Additional Information

Regular visitors can save money by becoming a Member - Find out more about our membership offer
Number of accessible parking spaces: 4
Card payments accepted
Coaches/Minibuses welcomed
Pay on exit system

Facilities and access

Toilet facilities are limited. 

Visitor Information open daily 10am - 4pm.  Card payments only.  No dogs currently allowed in visitor centre.

Siskins Cafe open weekends 10am - 4pm for Takeaway only.

Play areas. 

Cyclewise is open for sales and repairs daily 10am - 5pm.

Go Ape is closed throughout November.

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For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:

Assistant dogs welcome
Cafe
Dogs allowed
Picnic area
Play Area

Contact details

Welcome to England's only true mountain forest

Whinlatter is home to stunning views, fantastic walks, exhilarating mountain biking, rare wildlife and adventure play.

Set within the Lake District, a World Heritage Site, Whinlatter has unrivalled views across Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwentwater and Keswick. It is also home to the longest purpose-built mountain bike trails in the Lake District. 

The Lakes are a dramatic and unique landscape which has been formed through man’s activities, such as forestry and land management. This landscape has inspired many of the world’s greatest artists, writers and thinkers.

At a glance

  • 9 walking trails 
  • 3 cycling trails
  • 2 Running trails
  • Play areas
  • Visitor Centre Information - Card payments only
  • Forest Shop currently closed during National Restriction
  • Go Ape - Closed during November
  • Café - Open weekends only for takeaway 10am - 4pm
  • Bike hire - Open for bike sales and workshop repairs only 10am - 5pm
  • Tramper/mobility scooter hire - Available to hire for existing members only.
  • Picnic areas
Membership invitation - click to find out more about membership
Volunteer with us invitation - click to discover volunteer opportunities across England